You are probably wondering when the DRS4 funding opportunity announcement (FOA) will be available. You might even be wondering what it will look like and how you will know.
We usually post these directions for each group at about this stage in the process and based on the number of questions we’ve had this week, it is about time to post them again.
The countdown for your grant application begins on the day the FOA for your service area goes published on grants.gov. Rounds 1 and 2 had 90 days but round 3 only had 60 days. Every single day counts so it is best to know on day one. Before it goes live it will be forecasted on ACF’s grant forecast.
Here are the steps to check on the status of the DRS4 FOAs:
(This is not intuitive at all…so if you feel at all frustrated or confused, you are not alone.)
- Either go to bing, or your search engine of choice and type in “ACF grants forecast” and the top selection should say “Grants Forecast – Administration for Children and Families.” Click on that.
Type this into the browser: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/hhsgrantsforecast/
- Look about a third of the way down in the middle of the page and you’ll see a text box with a blue title row with the word “Agency” in white writing attached to a bigger, light blue box with lots of acronyms in darker blue writing. You are looking for “ACF (###)” – the number varies – which at the top of the left column inside the light blue part of the box. Click on that.
- In the search box (off to the right), type 93.600 and click enter.
- Click the “show” drop down menu and select 100.
- Go to the third column and click on the column title “Last Updated”. It will go from oldest to most recent, so click it a second time and you’ll see the column from most recent to least recent.
- Right this second, the most recent FOA to be forecasted is “National Center on Health and Wellness” – that was on 2/10/15 and isn’t it, obviously, but it tells you that you haven’t missed it.